Milwaukee Brewers Fall to Cardinals 1-0; Tyler Cravy Impressive in Debut
By Jeff Servi
A night after the Brewers beat the Cardinals 1-0, the Cardinals returned the favor with a 1-0 victory of their own. Both starters were very impressive as both teams combined for just 11 hits, with only 1 being an extra base hit.
Tyler Cravy made his MLB debut Tuesday night and was very impressive in 7 innings of work. He scattered just four hits while striking out 6 and walking 2. The lone run that he surrendered came in the bottom of the 2nd inning on an RBI single by former Brewer, Mark Reynolds; Reynolds was thrown out trying to stretch the hit to a double.
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There was some excitement in the bottom of the 7th inning as Matt Holliday was rung up on a called strike three. Umpire Joe West felt the pitch caught the inside corner; Holliday did not, and was promptly ejected from the game. Cardinals Manager, Mike Matheny, came out to defend his player and was also ejected from the ballgame.
The Brewers offense never got going against Cardinals starter, Lance Lynn, managing just 5 singles. Lynn pitched 7 2/3 innings, striking out 5 and walking 1 batter. Jason Rogers had an infield single in the 8th, pinch hitting for Cravy, but Kevin Siegrist entered the game in relief of Lynn, and retired Gerardo Parra, ending the inning.
The Brewers had a chance in the 9th to finally get on the board, putting runners on 1st and 3rd with just one out against Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. Aramis Ramirez hit a chopper to third, and the Cardinals turned it into a double play, ending the game. Lynn improved to 4-4 on the season and Rosenthal earned his 16th save in 17 opportunities. Cravy picked up a tough luck loss in his debut.
The Brewers will have an interesting decision as to whether Cravy will get another start at the Major League level. By his showing tonight, he definitely deserves another opportunity, but time will tell with that decision. Game 3 of the series will be Wednesday afternoon as Jimmy Nelson (2-5, 3.90 ERA) squares off against John Lackey (3-3, 2.83 ERA).